OAKLAND -- For the second time in two months, AC Transit workers rejected a tentative contract agreement with management sending negotiators back to the table.

It remains unclear what will occur next. Union leadership could not be reached for comment.

In a prepared statement, union president Yvonne Williams said leadership will "meet to determine next steps shortly."

The more than 1,800 members of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192 voted 561-369 to reject a contract that had twice been agreed to by the union's bargaining committee but not by the bus drivers, mechanics, dispatchers and clerical workers who will be covered by the deal.

Union membership rejected another tentative contract agreement in August.

At issue are the amount workers must pay for health insurance and the length of rest periods bus operators receive after completing a route.



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